Words by Aislinn Corbet
It’s easy to make any place romantic when you’re with the one you love.
But these places take it up a notch when it comes to romance.
Whether you’re dating or celebrating an anniversary, these are some of the most romantic off the beaten track destinations to travel to if you want to escape with your special Valentine.
You’re just getting to know each other
Who says you can’t go on a holiday together if you’ve just started dating? There is no better way to get to know someone than trying new things together.
Get to know each other while trying saganaki and getting merry on tsipouro on a 16th-century bougainvillea lined cobbled street in Nafplio, the “most romantic city in Greece”. Or while dancing to Ecuadorian folk music on the beach in Montañita, a lively beach town in Ecuador.
These are two towns where you can’t help falling in love.
You’re in love and want to do something special
You’re at that special place in your relationship where it’s not new but you really enjoy being in each other’s company and want to spend time together in a special place.
Nothing beats renting a car and going on a road trip through the French countryside. You can stay in quaint old stone towns like Saint Paul de Vence and spend the evenings lost in each other’s company in an ambient jazzy little bistro in Eguisheim.
France is known for being one of the most romantic countries in the world for a reason.
This is time to get lost in each other.
The safari camps and lodges of Botswana are legendary for their romantic atmosphere and privacy. With nothing but the wild Okavango Delta all around you and dreamy nights of champagne sundowners and candlelit dinners under the stars, it doesn’t get more romantic than this.
Our personal favourite area is Moremi Game Reserve.
It’s your first Valentine’s together as a married couple
There’s no reason why you can’t still make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day just because you’re married. The first year as a married couple is a time to establish your own little traditions.
Make “travel somewhere new” your new Valentine’s Day tradition.
The colourful winding streets and Baroque architecture make San Miguel de Allende in Mexico seem like a city designed for love and romance. But if you prefer the atmosphere of the Mediterranean, Alaçatı in Turkey is a picturesque stone seaside town that is quite possibly the most romantic town in the world.
You’re old lovers wanting to reconnect
It’s easy to get preoccupied with life and forget to spend time together as a couple.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to disconnect from reality and reconnect with each other by going on a Valentine’s getaway.
Weymouth in Dorset, England is a seaside town that is known for its colourful houses, beaches, and dramatic Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO Heritage-listed stretch of coastline where many of the craggy cliffs date back to the Jurassic Era. A getaway in Weymouth is all about picnics, lazy drives, and getting merry on nightcaps at the local pub until you’re flirting like teenagers.
It’s a milestone anniversary year
It’s one of the big ones!
Celebrate your milestone year with an extra special romantic getaway to one of the most romantic places in the world – Europe.
Treat yourselves to the old-world charm of Fussen in Germany, a 700-year-old Bavarian town known for its castles. Or head to Sighișoara in Romania, a picturesque Medieval town with a fascinating history, gorgeous architecture, and all the obscure charm you would expect from a historic town in Eastern Europe that is said to be the birthplace of Count Dracula.
“It’s not where you go, it’s who you travel with”
Valentine’s Day is about taking a moment to appreciate your significant other and celebrate the love the two of you share.
Although you don’t need to go somewhere exotic to do that, nothing says “I love you” quite like a getaway to one of the most romantic off the beaten track destinations in the world.